Look Who’s Talking



Meet the participants in this year’s Global Tobacco Networking Forum.

TR Staff Report

Tobacco Reporter’s 2013 Global Tobacco Networking Forum, scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Cape Town, South Africa, promises to be the best yet. We will be bringing together a stellar array of experts—both from inside and outside the tobacco industry—who are ready to share their expertise and, importantly, listen to your opinions and answer questions about the issues affecting our business. Below are profiles of some of our participating speakers.

Brian Ace has worked as a supplier to the tobacco industry for almost 50 years. He spent 39 years at Filtrona International (now Essentra), a cigarette filter specialist with manufacturing operations in 12 countries. Ace was chairman and CEO of Filtrona for 10 years. As part of that role, he headed FIAL (now Cerulean). In addition, he was a director of Payne, a tear tape manufacturer. On retirement from Filtrona, Ace was invited to work for an Italian paper mill making cigarette papers and plug wrap. He was chairman for 10 years.  Ace now works as a consultant.

Neil Allen is First Secretary (Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer) at the British High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, having previously held this post in the Netherlands.  Allen joined HM Customs & Excise in 1985 as an officer and became an investigator in HMC&E’s investigation division in Birmingham in 1987. He was promoted to Higher Officer in 2000, leading a small team of investigators. Upon promotion to Senior Investigation Officer he started working with the Dutch fiscal authorities, investigating and combating attacks against tax systems.  Allen returned to HM Revenue & Customs’ Criminal Investigations directorate in Birmingham in 2010.

Kevin Altman is a technical consultant to the U.S. Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America (CITMA), a trade association that represents small tobacco manufacturers on legislative issues at the federal and state level. Altman is considered one of the leading experts on U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco and on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreements. Prior to working with CITMA, he was an importer of tobacco products into the U.S. Altman has worked on tobacco issues for 10 years.

Colin “Archie” Archibald is global head of agronomy for Alliance One International. He joined Standard Commercial, a predecessor company, some 20 years ago, spending time in Spain, Greece, Tanzania and Thailand. Now based in the U.K., Archibald spends much of his time travelling to the five regions of the world where AOI produces contracted tobaccos under integrated production systems. His total experience in the industry extends over 34 years, with previous time being spent directly growing tobacco and other crops, largely in Malawi.

Christos Athanassiou is associate professor at the University of Thessaly in Greece. He works at the laboratory of entomology and agricultureal zoology in the university’s department of agrictulture, plant production and rural development. Prior to his current position, Athanassiou worked at the Agricultural University of Athens and the Regional Center of Plant Protection and Quality Control of the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food, among other institutions. From 2007-2007, he was a visiting scientist at Kansas State University in the United States.

Scott Ballin has spent more than 40 years working on issues relating to tobacco and public health. Ballin served as the American Heart Association’s vice president and legislative counsel, as a steering committee member and as two-time chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health. He was instrumental in advocating that tobacco products be brought under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration. Ballin served on the steering committee of the Alliance for Health Economic and Agriculture Development, an organization formed to bring together parties to work for the enactment of recommendations in the report Tobacco at a Crossroads.

Patrick Basham directs the Washington- and London-based Democracy Institute, an independent think tank. A bestselling author, he was previously a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Prior to Cato, he led the Fraser Institute’s tobacco research. His most recent tobacco book is The plain truth: does packaging influence smoking? Basham wrote his doctorate at Cambridge University and taught tobacco regulation at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote a tobacco blog for the British Medical Journal and is a global consultant on corporate strategy, economic regulation, public health and brand advertising. He appears regularly on American and British radio and TV.

Clive Bates is director of Counterfactual, a public interest consulting and advocacy group. Previously he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and director general for sustainable futures at the Welsh government. In 1997, he became executive director of Action on Smoking and Health, pursuing a strategy to reduce harm and inequalities arising from tobacco use. In 2003, he became a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Bates moved to the Environment Agency in 2005.  In 2009, he established the UN Environment Program in Sudan, focusing on improving natural resource management.

Erik Bloomquist covers global tobacco for Berenberg in London. He was ranked No. 2 in the most recent European Extel survey and previously led the global tobacco team at J.P. Morgan, which, during his leadership, was the only individual team to be top ranked for tobacco in the European, U.S. and Japanese Institutional Investor surveys. Bloomquist holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and is a CFA charter holder.

Rob Burton heads up White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes corporate and regulatory affairs globally. Prior to joining this e-cigarette company, Burton was group head of public health and scientific affairs for British American Tobacco. Before that, he spent more than 20 years working for AstraZeneca and SmithKline Beecham. During that time, Burton held a number of international commercial and scientific roles, including global commercial director for respiratory products and area director for eastern European markets. Burton has also held non-executive roles with a number of biotech start-up companies.

Jeannie Cameron is managing director of JCIC International, a London-based strategic advocacy and public affairs consultancy specializing in advocating the views of business in policy development and within regulatory frameworks. Cameron is a specialist in public policy and has in-depth knowledge of international regulations relating to tracking and tracing, tax verification, illicit trade and counterfeit, and the processes governments follow for national implementation of their international treaty obligations. Cameron was with British American Tobacco for 10 years as international regulatory affairs manager advising on the impact of the international WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty.

Jaine Chisholm Caunt is secretary-general of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association in the U.K. Previously, she was director of stakeholder relations and policy for Cogent, a skills body for the U.K.’s science-based and process manufacturing industries. She has been a member of several government working groups, advising policymakers on the links between developing professional skills standards and reducing business regulation and bureaucracy. Caunt co-wrote Breaking down barriers, the first textbook for tutors about workplace basic skills training.

Simon Clark is director of the smokers’ lobby group Forest and founder of The Free Society. Born in London, he was educated at Madras College, St. Andrews and Aberdeen University. He returned to London for his first job in public relations. In 1983, he launched a national student magazine called Campus; in 1984, he worked for a Frankfurt-based human rights group; and from 1985–1990, he was director of the Media Monitoring Unit, a London-based research group founded by former Labour Minister Lord Chalfont and Julian Lewis, who is now Conservative MP for New Forest West.

Gregory Conley is an attorney and is the legislative director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), the largest consumer group representing the interests of users of smoke-free tobacco and nicotine products.  Since quitting smoking with an e-cigarette in August 2010, he has become a leading advocate for tobacco harm reduction (THR).  In addition to organizing grassroots advocacy campaigns across the U.S. against anti-THR legislation, he has given testimony before the Food & Drug Administration, as well as committees in several state legislatures.

Michelle Dowle is British American Tobacco’s international scientific affairs manager (ingredients). Since joining BAT in 1986, she has served in various functions. As global flavors manager, Dowle was responsible for setting strategy and direction. This included global alignment of casing and flavor development activities to the group product strategy and product best practices, as well as ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. Currently, Dowle is responsible for engagement with stakeholders to support the development of balanced policies and evidence-based product regulation for tobacco ingredients.

Ewan Duncan heads British American Tobacco’s Anti-Illicit Trade Intelligence Unit. He manages a team of experts who conduct investigations into the counterfeiting and smuggling of illicit tobacco goods. Based in London, this unit has global responsibilities and is a key element within BAT’s stance against those involved in this serious crime. The unit works closely with law enforcement agencies worldwide, as well as with other manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods who are similarly affected by the counterfeiting and/or smuggling of their products.

Abrie du Plessis was an academic at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, before he joined Rembrandt Group as an intellectual property practitioner in 1993. His subsequent roles were in legal and public affairs for Rothmans International and British American Tobacco South Africa, where he was the legal and corporate affairs director until 2002. After 2002, he spent seven years at BAT’s London head office and four years at its representative office in Brussels. He has recently retired from BAT and is currently based in Stellenbosch. Du Plessis is an expert on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which he has studied from a public international law point of view.

Carlo Einarsson is the global market communications director for Holmen AB’s cartonboard subsidiary Iggesund Paperboard. He joined Iggesund at its global headquarters in Iggesund, Sweden, in 1989 and became president for Asia Pacific in 1995. Einarsson returned to Sweden in 2005 to become business director ROW and director of global marketing communications in 2006. Einarsson’s experience in packaging, marketing, branding and communication strategies, together with his knowledge of sustainability matters, make him a valuable participant in this year’s GTNF.

Warwick Evans is Imperial Tobacco’s sustainability manager for Africa. He holds a diploma in tobacco production from the Tobacco Training Institute in Zimbabwe and has been involved in large and small scale tobacco production in Africa for 30 years.  Evans has been employed by Imperial Tobacco from December 2010.

Following his education at Bromsgrove School, Adrian Everett joined Britain’s Royal Air Force and became a Hercules commander with postings in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent a short-time in the commercial property arena before creating, together with Mike Ryan, the e-cigarette firm Zandera. Launched in 2009, the firm’s E-lites brand now has a 40 percent market share in the United Kingdom. Sales (£18m in 2012) have grown 300-500 percent annually for the past three years. Everett has recently been nominated an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jennie Galbraith is British American Tobacco’s group head of sustainability. Prior to joining BAT she worked for both the Cooperative Group and Cooperative Financial Services. In 2012, Galbraith was named as one of BitC’s Game Changers, an award to recognize individuals who have made a demonstrable contribution to integrating responsible business policy and practice within their organizations. Galbraith holds advanced degrees in environmental science and environmental resources.

Charles Graham is regional director for Universal Leaf Africa, a position he has held since October 2006. In this role, he is responsible for providing stewardship to Universal’s operating entities in Africa, assisting with their achievement of and adherence to Universal’s global business goals, standards and policy requirements. Prior to this position, Graham was the managing director of Limbe Leaf Tobacco Co., served as director of the Board of the Tobacco Control Commission in Malawi and was elected as the chairman of the Malawi Tobacco Exporters Association.

Pierre-Marie Guitton is secretary-general of Coresta, the France-based international association for scientific research relating to tobacco. In this role, he supports researchers worldwide in their work, meetings and collaborative studies. Guitton has worked in the tobacco industry since 1989, starting as technical communication manager with SWM, in charge of creating communications materials for scientific and commercial staff. He then moved on as a customer technical support engineer in SWM’s tipping paper activities. His background is in commercial design and communication.

Angela Harbutt is the founder and director of the Liberal Vision blog. She is currently working with Forest on that organization’s “Hands off our packs” campaign, fighting the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in the U.K. Harbutt worked in the TV industry for 20 years, rising swiftly through various research roles to become director of research and development for the U.K.’s first TV sales house. In 1995, she was founder and CEO of Paradigm Worldwide, providing numerical analysis and strategic advice to a range of media companies.

Frank Hartig has been JTI’s vice president, global engineering/global supply chain since 2009. Hartig has worked for JTIl since 2001. He started as an engineering project manager for a JTI factory in Trier, Germany. In 2004, Hartig joined the company’s global engineering unit, managing global projects in the making and packing division. Later, he was also responsible for Capex management and strategic projects coordination.

Anthony Hemsley is JTI’s global regulatory strategy director, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has 15 years’ experience in the tobacco industry. Prior to joining JTI, Hemsley held a number of senior corporate affairs roles at Imperial Tobacco, including at the company’s head office (in the U.K), in the United States and in Eastern Europe. Hemsley is responsible for developing strategies and corresponding advocacy materials in relation to global regulatory priorities and supporting the implementation of these.

Tim Herdon is Imperial Tobacco Group’s area manager for Africa, in charge of leaf procurement. He manages a small team in Durban, South Africa, and reports to the head of the department at Imperial Tobacco’s manufacturing headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Herdon joined the tobacco industry as a supplier in 1983, working 16 years in Zimbabwe and four years in Malawi. He grew up in Rhodesia.

Colin Hose is currently global business relationship manager for Alliance One International. He spent his childhood in India before completing his education in England, where he earned a higher national diploma in business studies at Kingston University. Based in Camberley, U.K., he travels extensively and has lived in several countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and the United States. Colin has held a number of positions in his 38 years with the company, including a period as chairman of Standard Commercial Tobacco Co. U.K., predecessor to Alliance One International.

Delon Human is a published author, international lecturer and health care consultant specializing in tobacco harm reduction, global health strategy, corporate and product transformation, and health communication. Persuaded by the value of tobacco harm reduction, Human has become a vocal advocate for a change in public health thinking, from the abstinence-only approach to a more pragmatic and expanded use of nicotine-delivery systems as a substitute or cessation tool for smoking. He authored the book Wise nicotine.

Mark Kehaya is chairman of the board of Alliance One International (AOI), a position he has held since December 2010. He served as interim CEO of AOI from December 2010 until February 2013. From April 1993 to March 2000, he was employed by Standard Commercial Corp., a predecessor company to AOI, serving as assistant to the president, finance director of the tobacco division, vice president for planning and CEO of Standard Commercial’s tobacco processing facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kehaya remains a founding partner at Meriturn Partners LLC, an investment firm specializing in restructurings and turnarounds of middle-market companies.

Amani Kessi is vice president, tobacco taxation and international trade, for JTI, providing strategic direction on fiscal policy and international trade. Since 1996, he has held regional and headquarter roles in finance, corporate affairs, brand integrity and corporate strategy.

Christian Kirschenpfadt is the co-founder and director of Idea Couture, an innovation consultancy that conceives, develops, prototypes and ultimately brings to market new products and businesses for clients. Previously, Kirschenpfadt helped found a specialist strategic innovation unit within SeymourPowell, tackling transformational innovation challenges. Kirschenpfadt’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as JP Morgan, HSBC, BP, Reliance ADA Group, Pepsico, Unilever, Nestle, Nike Foundation, DFID and British American Tobacco.

Carsten Knudsen is a Danish inventor of various medical devices. While working as a “stop smoking” consultant for the Danish medical authorities, he put his mind to nicotine delivery using alternative methods to combustible smoking.  He then invented the “Considaret,” a novel smokeless tobacco product that delivers nicotine to consumers without any smoke and without being an e-cigarette. The Considaret uses natural flavors to transpose and transport the nicotine to the consumer, enabling him to continue a nicotine lifestyle without the risks of smoking.

Chris Kozlik has 27 years’ experience working in the print and packaging industry, the last 14 of them associated with the tobacco sector working for Lawson Mardon, Alcan and Parkside Flexibles. As development director for Parkside Flexibles, Kozlik combines the entrepreneurial culture of the business with his technical and creative skill sets to develop new and innovative ways to pack tobacco products.

Michael Lalor is the lead partner at Ernst & Young’s Africa Business Center. He has a background in political science, economics, and literary studies. Lalor’s areas of focus include strategy and business development. Using a combination of facilitation and qualitative analysis, he has assisted clients in various sectors with business-concept feasibility studies. Lalor is also responsible for the Ernst & Young’s thought-leadership initiatives on Africa, including the company’s flagship Africa Attractiveness publication.

Thierry Lebeaux has been vice president of regulatory affairs and head of JTI’s EU affairs office since July 2009. He is also a board director of CECCM, a cigarette manufacturers’ trade association. Prior to joining JTI, Lebeaux worked for seven years in the European Commission and for 15 years as a public affairs consultant. At the European Commission, he looked after issues pertaining to the freedom to provide cross-border services. He also worked on a number of competition cases in services industries.

Kgosi Letlape is the current president of the Africa Medical Association and the immediate past chairman of the board of the South African Medical Association. He is also past president of the World Medical Association, the global representative body for physicians worldwide. He is also the executive director of the Tshepang Trust, a foundation dedicated to improve the management of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Letlape made history by becoming the first black person to qualify as an ophthalmologist (University of Edinburgh) in South Africa during apartheid, and was the first black person to be elected as WMA president.

Mike Ligon is vice president of Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., responsible for government and corporate affairs. He works on issues related to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and the Framework Convention and Tobacco Control. Ligon joined Universal in 1982. His previous positions include president of Universal’s CASA Export Limited, president of America’s Harvest and sales director for Universal Leaf North America.  Ligon serves on the board of Eliminate Child Labor in Tobacco and the Tobacco Merchants Association.

Mark Littlewood has been director general of the London Institute of Economic Affairs since December 2009. Since 1995, Littlewood has worked in political communications, public relations and public affairs, variously for the European Movement, the Environment Agency and the London Bus Initiative. Prior to joining the IEA, Littlewood was head of media for the Liberal Democrats from December 2004 to May 2007. In 2007, Littlewood co-founded Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank, and was its communications director until November 2009.

Leon Marais Louw is the executive director of the Free Market Foundation and of the Law Review Project. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid. He has received numerous international awards, and, with his wife, Frances Kendall, has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Leon co-authored South Africa: The Solution and Let the People Govern. Many of the authors’ proposals were incorporated in South Africa’s new constitution.

Kirsty Mann is Imperial Tobacco Group’s senior corporate-responsibility (CR) engagement manager. Based in Bristol, U.K., her remit includes definition and implementation of the company’s responsibility strategy, stakeholder engagement, partnership and community investment, CR reporting and human rights. Mann joined Imperial in 1998 and has held a variety of roles relating to technical support, product development, process improvement, quality management, project management, corporate affairs and company secretariat.

Johan Maris is managing director, certifications, at Control Union World Group, a logistics, quality, certification and risk management specialist with a global presence. Maris is an expert in implementing sustainable practices and regulations among farmers, foresters and processors worldwide. After graduating as an agricultural engineer, Maris began his career at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In 1999, Maris joined the Skal Foundation (the Dutch organic certification authority) as head of inspections.

Barbara Martellini joined Universal Leaf Tobacco in January 2009 as assistant vice president for corporate affairs. Since 2003, she has served on the board of the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco-growing Foundation. She worked for 15 years as regional regulatory manager in the crop-protection industry. Martellini joined Imperial Tobacco in Bristol in 2001, first as social responsibility manager and later as agricultural issues manager. She cooperated with Coresta both in ACAC, which she chaired for two years, and in the Scientific Commission. Martellini holds a degree in agricultural science from the State University of Milan in Italy.

Elaine McKay is JTI’s global leaf social programs director. Based in Geneva, McKay supports the global leaf sustainability strategy across all JTI Leaf Origins by developing and deploying social programs, identifying and cooperating with stakeholders and driving continuous improvement in partnership with local corporate affairs & communication teams. McKay joined JTI South Africa in November 2008 to lead the corporate affairs and communication function, where she was responsible for corporate philanthropy, developing stakeholder engagement, government relations and regulatory affairs strategies. She has more than 15 years of experience in education and training, program strategy design, implementation and evaluation.

Anders Milton is a qualified nephrologist with a distinguished career as an international health diplomat. He has extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the design, development and implementation of national and international policy, especially in the field of healthcare. For many years, Milton has been a senior adviser to the Swedish government delegation to the World Health Assembly. He served as CEO and president of the Swedish Medical Association. In addition, he was elected as the chair of council of the World Medical Association and subsequently as the president of the Swedish Red Cross.

LeAnne Moore has been the assistant general counsel of National Tobacco Co. since 2003.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis Law and is a Tennessee Rule 31Certified Mediator.  Her prior legal experience includes serving as general counsel for Stoker and Weakley County, Tennessee.  She also worked in private practice and taught at the university level for several years.  Her work with NTC focuses on the areas of counterfeit goods and intellectual property.

Glyn Morgan is a founding member of the Premium Tobacco Group, now based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Previously, he was group finance director. Morgan trained as a chartered accountant and worked in financial management roles and as a strategy consultant with Accenture prior to joining the tobacco industry 16 years ago. Before helping to set up Premium Tobacco, Morgan was regional director for Universal Leaf in Asia.

Fran Morrison has recently retired from a career in media and corporate communications. As one-time head of corporate communications for British American Tobacco (BAT), Morrison headed a team of 17 professionals responsible for media relations, scientific communications, publications and internal communications. Previously, Morrison ran corporate communications at Shell UK, launching the company’s first website and leading the communications and dialogue strategy to rebuild its reputation after the Brent Spar controversy. Before working in corporate communications, Morrison was a BBC TV news reporter and presenter for 15 years.

Maryna Muller, an independent infestation management consultant, is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She began her career with BAT where part of her job description was to evaluate alternative methods for pest control in stored tobacco. Due to some successful innovative projects, she later filled the role as regional manager: pest management and hygiene for the Africa Middle East Region, a region well known for its unique infestation problems. From 2004, she was an active member of the Coresta subgroup for Pest Management and Sanitation, and was part of the training team of the annual Coresta Infestation Control Conferences.

Marina Murphy is international scientific affairs manager at British American Tobacco (BAT). She joined BAT in 2008 as scientific communications manager and became the driving force behind a communications strategy designed to reflect BAT’s transparent approach to scientific communication. The strategy is designed to provide clear communication and engender debate on the company’s ambitious tobacco harm-reduction research program, including the creation of lower-risk tobacco products. Prior to joining British American Tobacco, she was a science journalist.

Mike Ogden is RAI Services’ senior director for regulatory oversight, based in North Carolina, USA. Ogden is responsible for scientific and regulatory advocacy and engagement for all Reynolds American tobacco operating companies. Previously, Ogden was in charge of various R&D programs for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., including those related to environmental tobacco smoke, measuring smoke uptake in smokers through the use of biomarkers, smoking behavior research, clinical studies, regulatory compliance activities, and scientific and regulatory strategy.

Flora Okereke is British American Tobacco’s head of regulatory policy. Okereke joined BAT Nigeria in July 2001 as a legal director. She set up a proactive and effective legal department that gained significant competitive advantage for BAT Nigeria. Okereke became West Africa Area legal manager in 2003 and was later appointed legal and CORA director in 2005 and then head of regulatory affairs for Africa. Before joining B A T, she worked as a commercial litigation solicitor in London.

Alexander Ralph is a business reporter covering tobacco for The Times of London. He has tracked government plans for greater regulation of tobacco products, particularly the aborted plans to introduce plain packaging. Ralph has also charted the nascent e-cigarette industry; government plans to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines and the tobacco industry’s entrance into this category.

Simon Raubenheimer is portfolio manager at Allan Grey in Cape Town, South Africa, where he manages a portion of client equity and balanced portfolios. He joined the company in February 2002. Raubenheimer completed a B Com (Econometrics) degree in 2000 and a B Com (Honors) degree in 2001 and is a CFA charter holder. He is also a director of Allan Gray Investment Services Proprietary.

David O’Reilly is British American Tobacco’s group scientific director. He has a Ph.D. in molecular virology from Imperial College, London. He continued in this area of research when he joined Advanced Technologies Cambridge, a subsidiary of BAT, where he studied the potential of genetic modification to introduce novel processing and agronomic traits into tobacco and other crops. Since then, he has been a driving force in the creation and expansion of a multidisciplinary R&D center in Southampton and Cambridge, U.K., the focus of which is a better understanding of the mechanisms of tobacco-related disease and the development of science-based innovative products and technologies for safer alternatives to cigarettes.

Roger Penn is director of the Switzerland-based Mane Group Tobacco business unit, which has laboratories in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States. Before joining Mane, he worked for British American Tobacco in the U.K. and in the flavor industry for companies such as Unilever, Firmenich and IFF. With advanced degrees in medicinal chemistry and toxicology, Penn has contributed to many international scientific and technological conferences in the tobacco and flavor industries. Penn travels extensively to assist customers with product development.

Carl Phillips is a consultant and freelance researcher in epidemiology and economics, and is the scientific director for The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association. He has worked in tobacco harm-reduction (THR) research, education and advocacy, and is one of the few who have been in the field for more than a decade, starting during his previous career as a professor of public health. His current work focuses on chronicling and analyzing the experiences of consumers who have employed THR and on population modeling of product adoption.

Chris Proctor is British American Tobacco’s chief scientific officer. He oversees several programs of research looking at how to develop tobacco products with reduced levels of toxicants and to demonstrate whether they pose less risk to health than do conventional products. After joining BAT in 1983, much of Proctor’s early work focused on the topic of monitoring environmental tobacco smoke and measuring real-life exposures. He helped invent the “fish-tail chimney,” which has become a standard device used by scientists to measure side-stream smoke.

Michiel Reerink is global regulatory strategy vice president at JTI. He started his career in the tobacco industry in 1996 at a tobacco trade association in the Netherlands. In 2001, he joined a major tobacco company to take responsibility for corporate affairs in the Netherlands, Benelux and Germany. In 2004, he established the company’s EU affairs office in Brussels, and subsequently led its EU engagement. In 2010, Reerink joined JTI at the Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters to lead the global regulatory strategy department, which leads JTI’s strategy and responses to emerging global priority issues including plain packaging.

Bill Robinson is a founder member and now chairman of the Economics and Regulation Practice at KPMG. His interest in tobacco taxation goes back to his early career as an economist at HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. Robinson is a former director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the U.K.’s premier tax think tank and was for three years Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with particular responsibility for tax policy. In his career as an economic consultant at London Economics, PwC and KPMG, Robinson has advised a wide variety of clients in the tobacco, alcohol and gaming industries.

Patrick Rose is British American Tobacco’s head of agronomy for the African region, as well as head of leaf for BAT Zimbabwe. He joined BAT 18 years ago and has held numerous leaf-related positions in Asia, and Africa. He was head of global agronomy, based in Brasil, for four years. His total experience in the tobacco world extends to 30 years. Previously, Rose worked for Universal Asia in Thailand and China. Rose was born in Zimbabwe and attended Gwebi Agricultural College and later the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester, in the U.K.

Christopher Russell is a health psychologist at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research in the United Kingdom. He researches the design, delivery and evaluation of health behavior-change interventions. Recently, Russell has conducted research on the relative toxicity and carcinogenicity of counterfeit and genuine tobacco products, which led to the piloting of an intervention that aims to reduce illicit tobacco smoking by providing smokers with information about the relative health risks associated with smoking counterfeit tobacco products, and training skills to identify counterfeit products apart from genuine counterparts.

Tony Scanlan is CEO of the Gamucci Group. He previously spent 17 years with Rothmans International in a number of senior roles, including strategic new brands director. As managing director of Rothmans Hellas, he led a loss-making operation back to profit and increased market share from 3.5 percent to more than 16.5 percent in less than three years. Scanlan went on to advise a number of retail-led businesses before founding e-commerce specialist Yq?, an innovator in the electronic transaction business. He built the Yq? brand to occupy 14 percent of the market in less than three years.

Christian Schulze is Beckhoff Automation’s international senior business development manager for the food, beverage and tobacco industries. Schulze started at Beckhoff in 2000 as a key account manager for tobacco customers. He became food, beverage and tobacco market manager in 2003. Schulze has more than 26 years of professional experience in the automation of technical processes, which he gained while working at several different companies.

J. Pieter Sikkel is president and CEO of Alliance One International. Previously, he served as president (December 2010 through February 2013), executive vice president for business strategy and relationship management (April 2007 through December 2010) and regional director of Asia (May 2005 through April 2007). Sikkel joined Standard Commercial Corp., a predecessor company of Alliance One International, in 1983 and held positions in South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand before becoming country manager for China (1991–1999).

Paul Simmons is the engineering director of CME, responsible for all aspects of engineering including design, development, manufacture, assembly and project management.  CME’s range of machines includes makers, packers, stampers, wrappers and cartoners as well as novel packing solutions.  Simmons was previously with ITCM, the bespoke packaging machinery unit of Molins.  Prior to this he was employed in an engineering consultancy working principally in the automotive industry, but also working in the rail and aerospace sectors.

Christopher Snowdon is a research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs and director of the Lifestyle Economics Unit. His research focuses on lifestyle freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is an occasional contributor to City AM and Spiked. Snowdon’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including “sin taxes,” state funding of charities, happiness economics, tobacco regulation, casinos and the black market. Recent publications include The wages of sin taxes, Drinking in the shadow economy, Sock puppets: how the government lobbies itself and why, and Plain packaging: commercial expression, anti-smoking extremism and the dangers of over-regulation.

Prasanna Srinivasan joined ITC, India’s leading FMCG conglomerate, in 1999, and he currently handles the role of development of primary processes for ITC’s tobacco division. A mechanical engineer, Prasanna started his career as a trainee engineer in TVS, an automobile firm. He then moved on to the chemical industry and handled operations for Eveready’s manufacturing unit in Chennai. Prasanna also works closely with the Coresta subgroup for pest and sanitation management on stored tobacco, focusing on evaluating greener and natural technologies for integrated pest management.

Jeff Stier is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and heads its risk analysis division. Stier is a frequent guest on CNBC and has addressed health policy on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, as well as network newscasts. He appears in more than 100 radio shows a year on NPR and other nationally syndicated radio shows, as well as major market shows in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Dallas, plus regional broadcasts. Stier’s op-eds have been published in outlets including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post and Newsday.

Gary Taylor is the regional operations director for Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.’s operations in Africa, overseeing operations in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. After obtaining a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Natal South Africa, in 1987, Taylor joined Universal as a trainee in the United States. His career included postings in Italy, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. He has held roles at Universal in tobacco buying, grading, processing, customer account management, sales administration, company operations and agronomy.

Fred Vandermarliere is managing director of J. Cortès Cigars. Based in Zwevegem, Belgium, he has been in his current role since November 2009.  Before that, Vandermarliere was also director of Gryson and was closely involved in the sale of this family business to JTI last year. Previously, Vandermarliere was based in Katunayake, Sri Lanka, as CEO of United Tobacco Processing.  He was responsible for devising strategy and leading the company on a day-to-day basis, overseeing its expansion and the installation of new machinery, and for implementing ISO standards there.

Steven van Geel is market and sales manager, tobacco (Asia and Pacific), Tomra Sorting Solutions/BEST. Van Geel joined BEST at the beginning of 2006. Today, he is also responsible for the business development of Tomra’s tobacco branch.

Francois Van Der Merwe has been involved in the tobacco industry for more than 30 years. As a tobacco farmer he has a close understanding of farmer challenges, but also of the many issues faced by the manufacturing sector. He is currently the chairman and CEO of The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa, which deals with matters pertaining to farmers, processors, merchants, manufacturers, exporters and importers of tobacco products. Since 1998, he has represented South Africa at the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA). He is currently the global president of the ITGA, as well as chairman of the ITGA Africa region.

Sonia Velazquez is the executive director of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation. Previously, she was senior vice president of two large U.S. nonprofit organizations and director of the National Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. She also worked with Plan International, Save the Children and the Christian Children’s Fund. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Velazquez works closely with the ECLT Foundation’s member organizations, which include the International Tobacco Growers Association, the International Unions Federation, the International Labour Organization and Save the Children, in addition to the major tobacco manufacturers and leaf suppliers.

Nico Vroom is managing director and head of the research and development department at EcO2. Vroom is an expert in the development, research and implementation of various kinds of treatments in post-harvest pest control. He has an extensive knowledge of entomology, particularly of those species found in post-harvest products and storage facilities. In the past decade, Vroom has specialized in pest control during the post-harvest storage of tobacco and has become familiar with the current issues of resistance and residues.

Rupert Wilson is the owner and managing director of Strategic Business Consulting in the U.K.  Prior to founding the company in 2000, he worked for 17 years at Rothmans International in a variety of senior management positions in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and at Rothmans’ global head office, specializing in business development and corporate strategic planning. Wilson is a retained consultant to major financial institutions in the U.K., the U.S. and Asia, advising on global tobacco investments. In South Africa, he was also ranked second in the tobacco and luxury goods sector of the most recent annual Financial Mail analyst rankings.

Jörg Wittek is Hauni Maschinenbau’s executive vice president of engineering.  He oversees decisions relating to product consulting, project management, business development, layout and documentation of Hauni’s secondary equipment.  Previously, Wittek was oversaw the development of the Protos-M8 cigarette maker.  He also managed customer projects for cigarette and filter making equipment in Germany and other countries for Hauni subsidiary Universelle.  Wittek began his career at Hauni in 1991 as a project engineer.